New book published – Archaeozoology of the Near East 9

A new book edited by Dr Marjan Mashkour (Natural History Museum – Paris) and myself has just been published in 2017 by Oxbow Books, Oxford & Philadelphia. Entitled, “Archaeozoology of the Near East 9” – In honour of Hans-Peter Uerpmann and Francois Poplin, this 2 volume publication is the Proceedings of the 9th conference of the ASWA (AA) Working Group – the Archaeozoology of South West Asia and Adjacent Areas – Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates.

This can be ordered online from Oxbow in different formats:
as hardback for 70 GBP – ISBN: 9781782978442, or
as eBook (epub) for 35 GBP – ISBN: 9781782978459, or
as eBook (PDF) for 35 GBP – ISBN: 9781782978473.

It can also be ordered via Amazon as Hardcover for 94.10 USD, or as Kindle eBook for 52.44 USD.

Further details

This two part volume brings together over 60 specialists to present 31 papers on the latest research into archaeozoology of the Near East. The papers are wide-ranging in terms of period and geographical coverage: from Palaeolithic rock shelter assemblages in Syria to Byzantine remains in Palestine and from the Caucasus to Cyprus. Papers are grouped into thematic sections examining patterns of Palaeolithic and Neolithic subsistence in northern Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Iranian plateau; Palaeolithic to Neolithic faunal remains from Armenia; animal exploitation in Bronze Age urban sites; new evidence concerning pastoralism, nomadism and mobility; aspects of domestication and animal exploitation in the Arabian peninsula; several case studies on ritual animal deposits; and specific analyses of patterns of animal exploitation at urban sites in Turkey, Palestine and Jordan.

This important collection of significant new work builds on the well-established foundation of previous ICAZ publications to present the very latest results of archaeozoological research in the prehistory of this formative region in the development of animal exploitation.

Table of Contents


Palaeolithic and Neolithic Subsistence in Northern Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Iranian Plateau
1. Hannes Napierala, Andrew W. Kandel and Nicholas J. Conard. Small game and the shifting subsistence patterns from the Upper Paleolithic to the Natufian at Baaz Rockshelter, Syria
2. Jean-Denis Vigne, Isabelle Carrère, Jean Guilaine. Instability and co-development of the exploitation of early domestic sheep and goats: the example of Shillourokambos (Cyprus, Pre-Pottery Neolithic, 10,400-9,000 cal BP).
3. Daniel Helmer and Lionel Gourichon. The fauna of Tell Aswad (Damascus, Syria), early Neolithic levels. Comparison with Northern and Southern Levant sites.
4. Julie Daujat and Marjan Mashkour. Faunal Remains From Middle Neolithic Site of Qaleh Rostam.
5. Nerissa Russell and Katheryn C. Twiss. Digesting the Data: Dogs as Taphonomic Agents at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey

The Caucasian Zooarchaeology
6. Nina Manaseryan. Carnivora Mammals of Holocene in Armenia.
7. Adrian Bălăşescu, Cyril Montoya, Boris Gasparyan, Jérémie Liagre and Christine Chataigner. The Upper Palaeolithic Fauna From Kalavan 1 (Armenia): Preliminary Results.
8. Emmanuelle Vila, Adrian Bălăşescu, Valentin Radu, Ruben Badalyan and Christine Chataigner. Neolithic subsistence economy in the plain of Ararat: preliminary comparative analysis of the faunal remains from Aratashen and Khaturnarkh-Aknashen (Armenia).
9. Hans Christian Küchelmann, Nina Manaseryan, Lilit Mirzoyan. Animal Bones from Aramus, Armenia, Excavation 2004
10. Lilit Mirzoyan & Nina Manaseryan. Analysis of Urartian Bone Remains From Erebuni, Armenia (2003-2007 Excavations): Possible Use of Bones for the Manufacture of Paint.

Examples of Animal Exploitation in Urban Sites During the Bronze Age
11. Azadeh Fatemeh Mohaseb and Marjan Mashkour. Animal exploitation from the Bronze Age to the Early Islamic period in Haftavan Tepe (Western Azerbaijan- Iran)
12. Rémi Berthon. Animal Exploitation In The Upper Tigris River Valley During The Middle Bronze Age: A First Assessment from Hirbemerdon Tepe
13. Lubna Omar. Animal exploitation at Tell Bderi (Syria) during the Early Bronze Period.
14. Jwana Chahoud and Emmanuelle Vila. Exploitation of fauna at Ras Shamra: case study of the ‘Maison aux Albâtres’, Late Bronze Age, Northern Levant.
15. Laszlo Bartosiewicz. Size Matters: How Large a Sheep, How Big a Sample.
16. Scott J. Rufolo. New Thoughts on the Role of the Middle Khabur (Syria) in the Urbanization of Northern Mesopotamia in the Early Bronze Age.

Pastoralism, Nomadism and Mobility
17. Mark J. Beech, Marjan Mashkour, Hanae Sasaki, Tatsuo Sasaki, Walid Yasin Al-Tikriti & Mohammed Amer Al-Neyadi. Fish, Sheep and Goats in the Abu Dhabi Desert: Evidence for Bedouin Diet During the Pre-Oil Era.
18. Robin Bendrey, Sébastien Lepetz S., Antoine Zazzo, Marie Balasse, Tsagaan Turbat, Pierre Henri Giscard, Dominic Vella, Ganna I. Zaitseva, Konstantin V. Chugunov, Joël Ughetto, Karyne Debue and Jean- Denis Vigne. Nomads, Horses and Mobility: An Assessment of Geographic Origins of Iron Age Horses Found at Tsengel Khairkhan and Baga Turgen Gol (Mongolian Altai) Based on Oxygen Isotope Compositions of Tooth Enamel.
19. Jennifer J. Piro and Pam J. Crabtree. Zooarchaeological Evidence for Pastoralism in the Early Transcaucasian Culture.

Exploitation of animal in the Arabian Peninsula
20. F. G. Fedele. New Data on Domestic and Wild Camels (Camelus dromedarius and Camelus Sp.) In Sabaean and Minaean Yemen.
21. Margarethe Uerpmann and Hans-Peter Uerpmann. The Iron Age Site of Muweilah (Sharjah, UAE) and the Problems of Dromedary Domestication.
22. Justine Vorenger. Fish Exploitation at Qal’at Al-Bahrain from the Early Dilmun Period (3rd Millennium BC) to the Middle Islamic Period (13-16th Centuries AD): Preliminary Results
23. Mark J. Beech, Vincent Charpentier and Sophie Méry. Evidence for Deep-Sea Fishing and Cultural Identity during the Neolithic period at Akab Island, Umm al-Qaiwain, United Arab Emirates.

Rituals and Animal Deposits
24. Jill A. Weber. Elite Equids 2: Seeing the Dead.
25. Veerle Linseele, Wim Van Neer, Harco Willems, Bart Vanthuyne. An unusual cattle burial at Dayr al-Barshā (Late Period, Middle Egypt).
26. Hervé Monchot and Guillaume Charloux. The Opet Temple Courtyard Excavations: A New Zooarchaeological Study for Karnak (Luxor, Egypt).
27. Wim Van Neer, Veerle Linseele, Renée Friedman More animal burials from the Predynastic elite cemetery of Hierakonpolis (Upper Egypt): the 2008 season.

Animal Exploitation during the Antiquity
28. Bea De Cupere, Wim Van Neer, Kim Vyncke and Hannelore Vanhaverbeke. Animal exploitation during the Classical/Hellenistic period at Tepe Düzen (SW Turkey): preliminary results.
29. Yasha Hourani, Tarek Oueslati. Une accumulation d’équidés à Berytus: approche taxinomique et taphonomique.
30. Mohammad Al-Zawahra. The Animal Bone Remains from Mar Nicola, A Byzantine – Islamic Site at Beit Jala, Palestine.
31. Bea De Cupere, Anton Ervynck, Mircea Udrescu, Wim Van Neer, Wim Wouters. Faunal analysis of the Castle of Aqaba (Jordan): preliminary results.